UUPCC Spring 2014 NewsletterExecutive Director Cathy Cordes looks back at the year in review -- and three churches look forward to partnerships with churches in Newcastle-upon-Tyne & West Yorkshire, England and with a primary school in the Khasi Hills of India. Follow the story of the Atlanta Choir's musical pilgramage through Northern India and read two tales of a wonderful pilgrimage from the US to Várfalva, Transylvania. Get information about the upcoming Global Leadership Conference and about UUPCC events at General Assembly.
The adult choir from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, under the direction of Donald Milton III, sing "Nearer My God to Thee" in the Khasi language. The choir visited the Khasi Hills in February 2014 and sang at several churches in the Shillong area before they moved on to the city of Jowai, where this performance was recorded. This has been an exciting trip for both the choir and the Unitarian Union of Northern India, and a historic one too -- they are the first American UU choir to visit and sing at these churches.
Our partner congregations in Transylvania, with leadership from their Bishop’s Office, have been standing firmly in support of the locals in the village of Roşia Montană/Verespatak who have been protesting the efforts of a Canadian mining company to destroy their homes and lands as well as their cultural and natural heritage.
UUPCC Winter 2013-2014 NewsletterLearn about the latest in partnerships and pilgrimages, including three new partnerships that have been established between North American churches and churches in Transylvania, Budapest and Manila.
Click to see photos from the conference! The Most Radical Thing We Can Do: Introductions and Beyond - One Day of Workshops, Worship, Learning and Sharing on International Partnership. Hosted by First Parish Church in Bedford, MA.
December 11, 2013: Recording: December Partner Church Conference CallLogistics for Transylvanians coming to the US for a visitPlanning a youth component to a trip to TransylvaniaHow to stimulate interest in going on a pilgrimageFundraising examples from around the countryHow to keep the partnership alive in your congregation
UUPCC Youth pilgrimages to Transylvania are a remarkable, soulful experience -- but what is it that leaders and participants do to make sure that they work? Read our updated brochure The Benefits of a Youth Trip to Transylvania for experienced real-world suggestions on planning, enjoying and following up on a meaningful youth trip.More information about planning trips, youth and otherwise, can be found on our Planning a Pilgrimage page.
Listen to a November 2013 conference call featuring Rodger Mattlage (Concord, MA), Carol Cook (San Mateo, CA), and Cathy Perry (Bellevue, WA) discussing ministerial transitions in their own and partner churches. Moderator: Cathy Cordes. Recording: Ministerial Transitions
Are you looking for an affordable fall trip to visit our partners in Transylvania? If so, the 2014 Thanksgiving Pilgrimage is for you! The main trip will take place September 20-October 2, 2014, with an optional 5-day extension to visit the wooden churches of Maramures and the painted monasteries of Bucovia. Click here for all the details for this trip and other upcoming UUPCC pilgrimage opportunities.
Read the latest Community Capacity Building case study from Kyrdem (Khasi Hills, India). Board member Ann Gary writes, “It's so exciting to read through this EXCELLENT report. I urge you all to take the 15 minutes required to do this.”